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TARA KUCHYT and JOSHUA WISE

Tara Kuchyt & Joshua Wise

Friday, July 11, 2014

Family and friends are announcing the engagement of Tara Kuchyt and Joshua Wise, both of Easthampton. Tara is the daughter of Tammy and Stan Kuchyt of Easthampton, and Joshua is the son of Laurie and Ray Gougeon of Westfield. Tara, a graduate of Easthampton High School, is currently employed at a car dealership in Northampton. She is also in school, … 0

Richard Rovelli, of South Hadley, denies attempted murder charge related to kayak oar beating Victim: 'I feared for my life'

Monday, June 30, 2014

WESTFIELD — A South Hadley man is being held without bail on attempted murder and other charges after he allegedly attacked another man with an oar and held his head under water at Hampton Ponds. Richard Rovelli, 23, of 43 North Main St. Apt. #2, pleaded not guilty in Westfield District Court on … 0

Bird Sightings

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. A red crossbill was heard calling as it flew over New Salem. A northern shoveler was seen flying low over Pittsfield. A hooded warbler was found in Westfield. An osprey was reported in Chicopee and a grasshopper sparrow was … 0

State releases two grants to Westfield State University

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WESTFIELD — The acting president of Westfield State University announced Wednesday the state has released $195,444 in previously frozen funding for the school. The grant money had been frozen by state Higher Education Commissioner Richard M. Freeland after embattled university president Evan S. Dobelle failed to submit an … 0

Westfield State names VP Elizabeth Preston interim president; Pres. Dobelle expected to file lawsuit 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University named an interim leader on Thursday, hours after the school’s trustees voted to suspend President Evan S. Dobelle amid criticism that he charged personal expenses on school credit cards and spent lavishly on … 0

Westfield State faculty vote today whether to back President Dobelle amid spending scandal 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Westfield State University’s faculty and librarians have been participating in an unusual exercise this past week. One by one, in the basement office of their union on campus, they have been quietly arriving to vote on whether or … 1

Westfield State President Dobelle threatens trustees with legal action if he's suspended

Monday, October 14, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — An attorney representing Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle says legal action in federal court may be necessary if trustees suspend him Wednesday. Hartford lawyer Ross H. Garber said Monday that he is prepared to … 0

State Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland blasts president Evan Dobelle in letter to Westfield State University trustees

Friday, October 11, 2013

The state commissioner of higher education Friday night issued a letter blasting Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle for “repeated and uncontroverted examples of inappropriate behavior” which make it “highly questionable” whether he “can or should continue … 0

Bartley, Humason win primary contests for state Senate seat

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

David K. Bartley and Donald F. Humason will face off in a special election Nov. 5 to fill the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District Senate seat after the two came out on top in Democratic and Republican primaries … 1

Westfield State President Dobelle files spending report, raps critics amid investigation

Monday, October 7, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Firing back at his critics Monday, Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle issued a 20-page accounting of his travel expenditures and credit card use to the state’s higher education commissioner and, in an online video, … 0

Westfield State president faces no-confidence vote from faculty over spending probe

Sunday, October 6, 2013

WESTFIELD (AP) — Faculty members and librarians at Westfield State University are planning a no-confidence vote in school President Evan Dobelle later this month. The Oct. 16 vote was scheduled after Dobelle missed a Thursday deadline to explain … 0

Higher education commissioner freezes $197,000 for Westfield State after President Evan Dobelle fails to provide report

Friday, October 4, 2013

WESTFIELD (AP) — State Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland froze $197,000 in funding for Westfield State University late Friday after its president missed a deadline to explain travel spending criticized by its outside auditor and the state inspector general. Freeland also announced he’s recommending withholding another $2 million … 0

Westfield State president seeks extension for report

Friday, October 4, 2013

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle is asking state education officials for more time to provide detailed explanations of his travel expenses amid an inquiry about his spending. The Springfield Republican reported that Dobelle’s lawyer Ross … 0